Should we spend the Future Fund to build a Pan Am / Ticat stadium on the CP Rail Yard lands? Why or why not?

Responses to the question: "Should we spend the Future Fund to build a Pan Am / Ticat stadium on the CP Rail Yard lands? Why or why not?"

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Powers, Russ Yes I support utilizing a portion of the Future Funds as our contribution (along with the Province of Ontario, the Government of Canada and the Hamilton Tiger Cats) towards the replacement of Ivor Wynne Stadium on the CP Rail site in West Hamilton. another portion of the Future Funds will be our contribution towards the construction of the velodrome which I consider as a Pan Am gem and the real legacy project. Monies will also be utilized for renewal of the West Harbour site.
Robinson, Glenn No Such an expenditure of The Hamilton Future Fund (HFF) money is contrary to both the mission statement and the guiding principles of the HFF. Council should respect the mission statement of the HFF.
Scime, Danya Maybe A VERY SMALL PORTION **only if absolutely necessary!** The Future Fund's directive is not to use it entirely for any one purpose. With that said, we need to work diligently on having PRIVATE INVESTORS (ie naming rights could generate millions of dollars) to fund this entire stadium. If we engage with the Private Sector, Mr. Young and other interested parties, we should be able to make this a reality.

IF we need a small amount from the FF, then it may be necessary ~ **an alternative, may be to borrow from the FF to get the Stadium built and then pay it back after the Pan Am Games...We must realize that the Stadium will boost EcDev and Pan Am games will boost Tourism, jobs, etc. This entire project, if executed properly will have a huge, positive impact on all aspects of what the Future Funds were meant to accomplish...

My hope is that the new Councillors at City Hall will work to make the Stadium and Pan Am Games the pride of Hamilton. With what our Citizen's have witnessed lately, we need to boost our moral and work at getting this huge opportunity right!
Tammer, Ron No While I believe that a new stadium would be good for the City of Hamilton and the Ticats, I feel it would be irresponsible to use the Future Fund for this purpose when we have major infrastructure issues. People who have been flooded with raw sewage during medium to heavy rainstorms have suffered enough indignity, without having to be told that their concerns are less important than those of the Ticats. I believe that the funding for a stadium should come from the Pan Am organizers and the Tiger Cats, not from the public purse.

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Zuliniak, Marty